"Pulp Fiction" actor Bruce Willis may boast a successful career in the film industry, but he considers his fatherhood journey one of his most precious achievements. A recent devastating diagnosis has not barred the actor from enjoying little special moments with his kids.
Bruce Willis has enjoyed a fulfilling career since he joined the industry in the late '70s. He has appeared in over 100 films, with his most recognized one being his role as John McClane in the "Die Hard" franchise.
Even after over four decades in the business, the actor looked forward to making more movies in the future until a devastating diagnosis stopped him in his tracks. In 2022, the actor's family announced that he'd been diagnosed with the neurological disorder Aphasia, which affects language cognition.
American actor Bruce Willis attends CocoBaba and Ushopal activity on November 4, 2019 in Shanghai, China. | Source: Getty Images
The actor's wife, Emma Heming, ex-wife, Demi Moore, and their children Rumer, 33, Scout, 31, and Tallulah, 28, announced the news in a joint statement on social media, explaining that the actor had, for a while, suffered some health problems leading to the diagnosis.
They wrote: "This is a really challenging time for our family, and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion, and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him."
According to his lawyer Martin Singer, the father of five did not want to hang his acting coat after the diagnosis. Like many that had been diagnosed with the condition before him, he wanted to continue working.
LIFE AFTER DIAGNOSIS
Bruce Willis (L) and Emma Heming attend the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis at Hollywood Palladium on July 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Following the actor's diagnosis in early 2022, his wife Emma, to whom he's been married for the last decade, became his primary caregiver as he focused on his health.
She focused all her energy on caring for the actor and admitted that she somewhat, along the way, forgot to care for her own needs. She disclosed that while the condition can be devastating to those with it, it can also take a toll on their loved ones and caregivers.
And it did take its toll on Emma. She revealed that the pressure of caring for everyone made it hard to care for herself. At first, she did not realize she was doing that until a friend pointed out that when you over-care for someone, you end up under-caring for yourself. She shared:
"I put my family's needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero."
That is when reality finally dawned on her, and she decided to change her life. While caring for her husband is still a task she undertakes gladly, she has also become intentional about learning to "mother" herself and creating time for self-care daily. She told The Bump, as Page Six reports:
"That amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health. And it served no one in my family."
WILLIS IS HAVING FUN WITH THE KIDS
A diagnosis of this magnitude is bound to put someone down, even a star of Willis' stature. However, the actor is adamant about making the most of his situation and is enjoying his time off with his kids.
A fan reacts to Bruce Willis and his daughter Mabel's dance | Source: Instagram/Emma Heming Willis
The two took to the front porch to showcase their dance moves, getting down to Lizzo's "About Damn Time." When Willis tried to copy his daughter's move — and failed at it — Mabel burst out laughing.
Fans were happy that Willis had the time of his life and looked healthy. They took to the comment section to share their joy at seeing him having fun with his family.
Another reaction from a fan about Bruce Willis and his daughter Mabel's dance | Source: Instagram/EmmaHeming Willis
Another Instagram user, @sueann_lovesfamily, thought the actor looked good despite being unwell and noted that nothing was better than embarrassing his kids.
A fan is happy to see Willis having fun with his daughter | Source: Instagram/Emma Heming Willis
@deanna_banana_ also stated how good Willis looked and how cute the dad/daughter dance was. She ended the comment with a heart eyes emoji.
From the many comments under the post, everyone appeared happy to see the actor having the time of his life and wished him well even as he dealt with his illness.
BRUCE WILLIS ON FATHERHOOD
Willis has played many a role in his lifetime, from a Secret Service agent in "The Last Boy Scout," the tough southpaw boxer in "Pulp Fiction," to the special forces soldier-cum cab driver in "The Fifth Element."
Yet none of the parts come close to his real-life role as a father. The star has always been open about his love and dedication to his family, especially his daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah, whom he shares with Moore.
The three were his life, and the actor thought his heart could not hold any more love until his daughter Mabel was born. Asked what being a father for the fourth time, he confessed:
"I'm happier than I've ever been. I'm changing diapers like a champ."
He gushed over how happy he was with his life before Mabel came into the world and how her birth only improved things. He also learned that his life revolves around his family and friends, adding:
"When I'm not working, my days are devoted to the women in my life. I don't need anything more than that."
Although he was happy and content with all the females in his life, he confessed that he would love to have a son one day. He shared: "Eventually, I'd like a son. But I'm okay now."
The actor never doubts his love for his daughters and admitted that women should run the world. "In general, I think women should be in charge of everything. They should be running the country. Even if I had five boys, I'd still feel the same way." He said.
Like every dad out there, Willis worries about his daughters and is protective of them, especially when they reach dating age. He loves spending time with them and tries to guide them on how to avoid the bad guys out there.
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